Basketball: Steven Adams on the Christchurch mosque massacre

Another of New Zealand's highest-profile sports stars has shared his despair at the Christchurch mosque massacre.

Steven Adams admitted he was really struggling to comprehend what occurred last Friday afternoon, saying he was 'hurting inside'.

Speaking to The Oklahoman, the NBA centre said he shouldn't be the focus on how Kiwis were feeling. Instead, those closer to home deserved and needed the attention.

"All the right people, more important than me, are doing the right things over there," Adams told The Oklahoman.

"Whatever it is, they're going to have more of an impact than me, because they're going to make a proper change. They're on the ground there.

"I'm a New Zealander from afar. It obviously absolutely sucks what happened to my country. That's what hurts the most for me.

"But again, there's a lot more people who are actually friends of these people. They need the support, not me."

Adams sent his prayers and support to the victims and their families, after Oklahoma City Thunder's 115-107 loss to the Miami Heat on Tuesday (NZT)

The 25-year-old was one of the first sporting stars to comment on the tragedy on Friday.

"Shocked and saddened to hear about the tragedy in Christchurch," Adams wrote on Twitter.

"Sending my aroha to the whanau back home, particularly those that have lost loved ones."